|Title:||Head Women's Soccer Coach|
After inheriting a team in transition in 1999, Nilerud has systematically built a program that is nationally recognized, regionally respected and among the elite in the East Coast Conference. He has taken the Women’s Program at the University of Bridgeport and built into one of the premiere programs in the Northeast. Not one to settle for comparisons to others who have gone before him, Nilerud has taken the program and constructed it using his own vision for a collegiate women’s soccer program. And this vision has been impressive. Nilerud broke the existing record for most career wins by a head coach in Bridgeport Women’s Soccer history within his first four seasons. Nilerud reached his 50th career victory in his sixth season as head coach and his 100th career victory a mere three seasons later. In his 11 seasons, he averages over 14 wins a season and an impressive 15 wins per season in his last eight.
Nilerud’s overall record of 165-82-15 ranks in the top five in the East Region in both winning percentage and career wins among active coaches. He is one of only five active coaches in the East region with at least 100 career victories.
Magnus, in his 12 seasons as a head coach has finished with a team ranked nationally in Division II in goals per game five times, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010; a team ranked nationally in Division II in fewest goals surrendered per game three times, 2004, 2008, 2010, and a team among those with the best overall wining percentage in Division II four times, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010.
In 13 seasons as a head coach, Nilerud has coached 61 All-Conference players including four Conference Rookies of the Year players, four Defensive Playesr of the year and four Offensive Players of the Year, 27 National Soccer Coaches Association of America NCAA Division II All-Region players, 16 Daktronics Women’s Soccer All-Northeast Region Team players, one Daktronics Division II Women’s Soccer Northeast Region Player of the Year, seven ESPN The Magazine Academic District One Women’s Soccer Team players, four NSCAA NCAA Division II All-America players, six NSCAA NCAA Division II Scholar All-America players and four Daktronics NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer All-America player. In addition, he has coached 11 consecutive NSCAA Women’s Academic Award Teams.
Nilerud has qualified for every conference post season tournament in his time at the helm of the University of Bridgeport. He has led the University of Bridgeport Women’s Soccer program to regional or national post season play for nine consecutive seasons. His record in regional post season play stands at an impressive 9-5-2 with two Division II ECAC Championships. His overall record in NCAA post season play stands at 3-3-2.
He is very active in the community and is the Director of Coaching of the Trumbull United Soccer Club, Connecticut. He is also a member of the Connecticut Olympic Development Program staff. He holds a SFF (Swedish Football Federation) B License, a USSF C License and a NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma.
Nilerud resides in Hamden Connecticut with his wife; Sharon, also a University of Bridgeport Alum; and their three daughters, Isabelle, Sofia and Lilliana.
|Title:||Associate Head Coach|
Scott McBride enters his fifth season as the Associate Head Coach of the University of Bridgeport’s Women’s Soccer Program in 2012. This is McBride’s eighth season with the Purple Knights. He worked for three seasons as an assistant to Head Coach Nilerud before being promoted to associate head coach in 2008. Last season, Scott was selected as the NSCAA's East Region Assistant Coach of the Year. McBride’s responsibilities include on-field coaching, recruiting, and scouting. In his five seasons, the University of Bridgeport Women’s Team has averaged nearly 16 wins a season. They have ended four of the five seasons ranked nationally in scoring offense and three times they have finished with a winning percentage among the best winning in the Division II. In his six seasons with the program, the program has compiled and overall record of 93-30-10, a winning percentage of over 73 percent. Six games into his fourth season with the Purple Knights, McBride was part of his 50th victory with the program when the Purple Knights defeated St. Michael’s College 2-0 on September 14, 2008 at Knights’ Field. In his six seasons with the team, the Purple Knights have finished as regular season East Coast Conference champions three times, 2006, 2007 and 2009; finished runners up in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament twice, 2006; 2008, won an ECAC Division II title, 2006 and have made three NCAA appearances, 2007, 2008 and 2009. In the 2009 season the team finished in the round of 32 of the NCAA Division II Tournament, after bringing home their first ECC Championship.
McBride completed a Higher National Diploma in sports coaching in his native Scotland before moving to the United States in 1998 and he also holds a National Soccer Coaches Association of America Advanced Diploma. McBride currently serves as the Coaching Director for NOGA Connecticut. As a youth coach, McBride has led some of southern Connecticut’s most successful programs. In 2002, He led Westhill High School to its first ever state tournament and was named Coach of The Year by his fellow coaches. In the subsequent two seasons he led the Westhill High School team to the school’s first and second ever appearances in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference Tournament. In addition to his work with NOGA McBride currently coaches nationally ranked CUFC U16 and U19 girls’ teams. In summer 2005, McBride led his NOGA Pride U14 girls team to the Gothia Cup Title. This tournament, referred to as the “Youth World Cup”, features youth teams from the world over. In addition to his extensive work with Connecticut youth soccer, McBride has worked with some of the most prestigious clubs in international soccer including AC Milan, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Glasgow Celtic FC as a member of staff for the Champions World Tour.
McBride currently resides in Fairfield, Connecticut together with his wife Lee and his son Kian who was born in May 2010.
Stuart Dick joined the Purple Knights women's soccer program in 2010. He is a native from Scotland and earned his Bachelors of Business Administration in Sports Promotion Entertainment Management & Business from Northwood University in West Palm Beach, FL. He played for the universities soccer team in NAIA Division 1 Florida Sun Conference for 4 years , the team made it to the National Championship Elite 8 during his senior year in 2006.
Stuart holds a NSCAA National Diploma as well as a diploma from the Scottish Football Association for Kids Level 1,2,3 Youth Level 1,2,3 and Goal Keeping Level 1,2.
He has coaching experience from Iredell County Soccer Association, NC where he was the Director of Coaching during parts of 2008. He was assistant men’s soccer coach at Young Harris Collage, GA 2007-08 and Junior Varsity Head Coach at Wellington High School, FL 2004-05.
|Title:||Asst. Women's Soccer Coach|